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All the dirt on the new Triton

Absolutely caked in mud, a Mitsubishi Triton ute stands proud at Boomrock Station north-west of Wellington.

We've just got to ride in the dirtiest ute we think we've ever seen.

New Kia Sorento launched

The new Kia Sorento

A new Kia Sorento has arrived in NZ and the big news is inclusion of a V6 petrol model for the first time in a decade.

Honda's CRV 2WD S reaches NZ

Honda's new CRV 2WD S.

Honda has confirmed the New Zealand price for its new addition to the 2015 CRV line-up, the 2WD S.

Range Rover turned into luxury ute

Startech's new Range Rover ute.

Startech-tweaked Range Rover puts a new spin on SUVs.

Kodo brings style to the SUV class

The CX-3 marks the most successful use yet of Mazda's Kodo design language. At the rearmost part of the glasshouse, the C-pillars are glazed over but do supply light to the rear and luggage areas.

Mazda's new model offensive just doesn't stop.

Everybody's building luxury SUVs

Jaguar's F-Pace looks just as you'd expect an SUV to look, when it's created by a maker of sportscars and luxury sedans. Its biggest competitor, ironically, is likely to be the recently-introduced Land-Rover Discovery Sport.

OPINION: Why is everyone making SUVs, crossovers and light passenger trucks?.

Long-term cars?

Hyundai's i30 is a no fuss small car with great ownership credentials.

Sid is looking to buy a new car but doesn't know where to start.

Benz’s prettiest baby is here

Mercedes-Benz's new CLA Shooting Brake is arguably the best-looking load-carrier in the business.

The CLA Shooting Brake is also the most practical of the company's successful A-models.

Ranger, Everest in Ford family double-date

Journalists clamour to take photographs of the Ford Everest SUV during its reveal the Bangkok Motor Show.

Ford made it a family occasion at the Bangkok Motor Show in revealing its facelifted Ranger alongside the ute's SUV sibling, the Everest.

Plug-in Porsche electrifies

There's a method in the madness of an SUV in racing paint, as a similar powertrain to the Cayenne S E-Hybrid's is used in Porsche's hybrid LeMans cars, albeit with just four cylinders.

There have been hybrid Cayennes before, but the new S E-Hybrid is a version that you might not need to top up with fuel for months.

New Mercedes-Benz GLE unveiled gallery

Mercedes-Benz GLE 63 AMG.

Mercedes-Benz has revealed its new GLE SUV which is the successor to the current ML-Class.

Holden resurrects the Sandman gallery

Holden has brought back the spirit of the Sandman with a limited edition wagon and ute variant.

Holden has revived the Sandman badge with a limited edition available on ute and Sportwagon variants.

Mercedes-Benz surprises with ute model

An illustration of how a Mercedes-Benz ute may look.

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed it will produce a production utility before the end of the decade.

Turning a journey into an Odyssey video

Honda's fifth-generation Odyssey.

Honda's new Odyssey is a people-mover that is bigger, more spacious and more user-friendly than ever.

Jeep reveals seven concepts for Easter Safari gallery

The Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Responder Concept for the 2015 Moab Easter Safari.

Jeep has rummaged through its parts bins and come up with seven concepts to tackle an tough Easter Safari in the US.

Best truck-based SUVs

Ford Everest.

With most makers going the monocoque crossover route for its SUVs, we'd have thought the days of the truck/ute-based station wagon would have been numbered.

Rolling luxury a popular option video

The Grand Panorama motorhome is one of the most luxurious available in New Zealand.

The rise of the "grey nomads" is driving a boom in the sale of luxury motorhomes and caravans.

BMW's X5 xDrive40e hybrid SUV revealed gallery

The BMW X5 xDrive40e hybrid has been revealed ahead of its New York motor show debut.

BMW confirms details of plug-in hybrid SUV ahead of New York debut.

Volvo XC90 is the thinking person's SUV

No behemoth: It may not look it, but the new XC90 is longer, wider, taller and more voluminous than the original.

Replacing a best-in-class car is always a fraught procedure; asking it also to represent the future of your brand shows how important the XC90 is to Volvo .

VW Transporter just getting started at 65

The mighty Volkswagen Transporter that has been in production for 65 years.

Volkswagen's grand old Transporter may have motored to retirement age for many but the "Bulli" is still going strong 65 years on.

Refined Triton surprises

Hey, good-lookin': Ground-up redesign has put the Triton into the box-seat as far as styling's concerned.

Ute aspirants would be fools to ignore Mitsubishi's revamped Triton which is improved everywhere with no change in pricing.

Evoque gets a midlife going-over

Unveiled: The new Range Rover Evoque is unveiled to the public at the Geneva Auto Show.

Its makers are calling the revamped 2016 Evoque the most efficient Land Rover yet'

Could Toyota's Fortuner be for us?

Toyota Fortuner: This is the latest model, designed, developed and engineered in Australia and based on our current HiLux. It's likely the down-under model will have next-generation HiLux underpinnings when it arrives.

Designed and engineered in Australia, the HiLux-based Fortuner has never been sold here, but that could change next year.

Grey nomads create growing industry

TIKI TOUR: 'I can't go all over the country in my bach, but I can in my motorhome,' says Mike Lister.

More Kiwis are turning their backs on the bach and hitting the road in a motorhome.

Hitting the road in style

Queuing up: We hit the road, top down, out of the lock-up and into the Macarthur countryside.

Keith Austin discovers how to get behind the wheel of a Porsche for a day without breaking the bank.

Motorhome freedom beats baches

LIVING THE DREAM: LIfe on the open road beats being confined to a bach, according to a new survey.

An independent survey has revealed more people would rather own a campervan than a bach.

Suzuki Jimny has decades of history

The new Suzuki  Jimny Sierra.

There's plenty of fun to be found in Suzuki's little Jimny, a cute, retro vehicle with a lineage that can be traced back several decades.

Updated Ford Ranger leaked

The updated Ford Ranger brings evolutionary styling changes inside and out, including on the flagship Wildtrak variant pictured.

Images of an updated Ford Ranger, NZ's most popular ute, leaked ahead of a likely September release.

Lessons learned in school bus conversion

Johnboy Norton's old US schoolbus which he has converted into a mobile home.

Children who once rode in this US school bus could never have imagined that one day it would be somebody's mobile home in NZ.

Is this the next-gen Toyota HiLux?

Images claiming to be of the next-generation Toyota HiLux have surfaced online.

Eighth-generation Toyota HiLux to adopt popular US-centric styling.

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